PDP sponsoring attacks to shift polls -APC

The attacks on President Goodluck Jonathan in Katsina and Bauchi were engineered by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  to demonise the opposition and force postponement of next month’s general elections, the All Progressives Congress (APC) alleged yesterday.

The “coordinated hysterical reactions to the attacks by the presidency, Senate President David Mark and the leadership of the Ijaw nation,” the APC said clearly exposed the brains behind the violence.

The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in a statement that “those who have gone into frenzy in condemning the attacks should direct their anger at the PDP, which hired the hoodlums who attacked the President in Katsina and Bauchi and gave them brooms to make them look like APC supporters.

”Information is now in the public domain that these attacks were self inflicted with the aim of demonising the APC and instigating retaliatory attacks in the southern states, thus precipitating chaos which the PDP and the Presidency will then use as an excuse for the postponement of the elections

”Apparently they did not envisage that the information about their complicity over the attacks will leak to the public. It is common knowledge that the security around the President is such that no hoodlum can come close enough to pelt him with stones.”

And responding directly to claims by the Presidency on Friday that the APC should stop the ‘nonsense’ of attacks on the President, the party said the Presidency was wrong to accuse it of breaching the Abuja peace accord that was signed by the presidential candidates of the various political parties, saying “the PDP and its band of thugs did not allow the ink with which the agreement was signed to dry before they started breaching it.

”The second attack on our offices in Rivers took place after the pact was signed, just like the serial attacks on our supporters in Sokoto, organised by a PDP stalwart in the city and aided and abetted by the police.

“The death-wish-for-Buhari advert by the incautious Gov.Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State in the name of President Jonathan, which could have triggered unimaginable violence if not properly managed by the APC, also breached the agreement.

”Where was the Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali, when all these breaches were taking place? Not once did he issue a statement to say ‘this nonsense must stop’.

”Where was the Senate President, David Mark, when these breaches were taking place? He was never on record as condemning the attacks on the APC offices and its supporters or the irresponsible and downright repugnant advert by Gov. Fayose. Are those in the opposition not Nigerians who also deserve the care and attention of the nation’s number three citizen?’”

”Mr. Senate President, sir, if any party is guilty of ‘despicable desperation’ as you claimed, it is your party, the PDP. Which party has been using all the cheap tricks in the books to postpone the lections at all cost? Which party has been sponsoring attacks against itself to demonize the opposition and force a postponement of next month’s election?

“Which party has deviated from issues and become fixated on the person of the APC Presidential Candidate, savaging and lying against him at every point? Mr. Senate President, remember the saying that he who must come to equity must come with clean hands.”

APC also slammed what it called  the self-serving, self-styled leadership of the Ijaw nation for vowing retaliation over the sponsored attacks on the President in the north and threatening the very existence of Nigeria if President Jonathan is not elected into a second term.

It wondered where in the world threats have ever won an election.

”The last time we checked, elections are won and lost by the votes of the people, not by infantile threats. The last time we checked, no one is guiltier over attempts to undermine the oneness of Nigeria than some self-styled leaders of the Ijaw nation.

“Had they been duly prosecuted and punished in accordance with the laws of the land, they would not have dared to continue hreatening the nation’s existence, even as those saddled with the responsibility of preventing suchthreats look on,” the party said.

APC appealed to its members and supporters nationwide to continue to maintain peace in the face of the most egregious of provocations in order not to play into the hands of the PDP and the Jonathan Administration who are incredibly terrified of the forthcoming elections and will do anything to make sure they do not take place.

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